This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HOUSTON — The long-awaited Crystal Lagoon at the Balmoral subdivision in Humble has finally opened its impressive shores. It’s one of only two man-made lagoons in all of Texas!

The lagoon is the centerpiece of the development located near Beltway 8 and Highway 59.

Besides the 200 palm trees surrounding the lagoon, the neighborhood also features a volleyball court, grotto, food truck courtyard and  a splash pad for the community’s youngest residents.

Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time — was present at the opening event.

“For me to be able to be in this, I could swim for hours and never know how long I’m going,” Phelps said. “That’s even cooler because I don’t count my laps now.”

The lagoon, which is 5 million gallons of water, is surrounded by sandy beaches.

“I didn’t grow up by the beach, so I like feeling the sand, so you might see me over there in a little bit putting my feet in the sand,” Phelps added.